Feed the Syrian body and soul with banned buns!

Ka’ak are the third in our series on Banned Buns (click here to read the first and second of our banned bun recipes).  They are little, crispy buns shaped like tiny bagels and they used to be on sale all Read More …

Reach out and comfort someone from Libya with banned buns!

The second in our recipe series about banned buns (you can read the first recipe here) this one comes from Libya and the bun is called Khubz bil ashab and it is really simple to make because it is a Read More …

A bread recipe to support people trapped by the US ban

Khubz Mahala is one of many kinds of beautiful bread from Iran.  I thought of it today as I read story after story of people denied entry to the USA to visit friends and family or rejoin lives that they Read More …

Thanksgiving (or Harvest Festival) is a great time to bake

If you are going to bake once a year, it’s usually in the autumn.  The first chilly nights inspire you to turn on the oven.  The first dark evenings make you crave soup.  Soup makes you want bread….it’s really that Read More …

Virtuous Bread and the School of Artisan Food are thrilled to launch the Small Food Awards

The School of Artisan Food and Virtuous Bread are delighted to launch the first annual Small Food Awards. These awards will celebrate small, professional food producers in the UK who are often on the leading edge of innovation and excellence in the food industry. In 2016 we Read More …

Of lack and longing

Many people focus on what they don’t have.  You may know them: everything about what they say and what they do reinforces how their life is incomplete.  In general, they speak one of two languages:  the language of lack or Read More …

How do I store my sourdough starter?

I recently received a question about keeping sourdough starters.  The writer had the sad experience that his starter went mouldy and died.  What, he asked, could he do to prevent this from happening given that he uses his starter once Read More …

How do I make vegan bread?

Is bread vegan?  If it is plain old bread, yes it is given that it is made of flour, water, salt and yeast.  Sweet bread, on the other hand is typically enriched with milk, eggs, and butter.  Not vegan.  Not Read More …

How to bake the perfect ciabatta – second place in the great ciabatta bake off

“Excellent flavour…chewy, I like chewy…..holes not too big….nice crust.”  Second place in the great ciabatta bake off goes to….the recipe we used at La Puerta Abierta bakery in Mexico City. This recipe does have a biga, like the third prize Read More …

How to bake the perfect ciabatta – third place in the great ciabatta bake off

“Ahhh,”…..they said…..,”this one has more flavour…and is more chewy” and so it was, the third prize in the great ciabatta bake off was announced. Hard on the heels of the fourth place winner, comes the ciabatta recipe from the American Read More …